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by Luke Duke
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do HD OTA Antennas work?
Replies: 41
Views: 1788

Re: How do HD OTA Antennas work?

As for the attic, I had some work done to it a few years ago (extra insulation and foam seal everywhere) and I just really prefer not to go up there and fiddle with a tv antenna. So our preferred option is an antenna for indoors. Once its pointed and working correctly there shouldn't be a need for ...
by Luke Duke
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hopeless Civil Engineer
Replies: 147
Views: 12441

Re: Hopeless Civil Engineer

Have you tried looking into in-house jobs? If you can land one you will be on the same pay scale as the MEs and EEs.
by Luke Duke
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth fixing the car?
Replies: 18
Views: 1008

Re: Worth fixing the car?

2009 Honda Civic, 210k miles on it, ac does not work, something wrong with the wheelwell for the last several years. We just put in a new battery and went to go get it inspected and they said we need new brakes (~$400-$500). Battery was $145 Inspection will be $75 whether we do anything or not Wort...
by Luke Duke
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Configuring or buying a dedicated WiFi video walkie-talkie?
Replies: 5
Views: 472

Re: Configuring or buying a dedicated WiFi video walkie-talkie?

They cheapest way to do this from scratch is probably to Skype or Zoom with an Amazon tablet. I doubt that any such dedicated device exists, unless you're within baby monitor range.
by Luke Duke
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roof attic fan
Replies: 42
Views: 2526

Re: roof attic fan

This is only one datapoint, but my neighbor installed one of these 3-5 years ago. He documented his electricity bills before and after the change and attempted to calculate his energy savings in cooling vs energy cost in running the fan. For our climate at least, he said it was basically a wash, wi...
by Luke Duke
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question About Email Address Used to Create Employer Retirement Plan Account
Replies: 14
Views: 859

Re: Question About Email Address Used to Create Employer Retirement Plan Account

The reading comprehension on this thread is abysmal.

To answer the OP's question, I don't think it matters which of your personal email addresses you use.
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cost of a PMP and is it worth it?
Replies: 38
Views: 3615

Re: Cost of a PMP and is it worth it?

My (engineer) boss has a PMP. I (engineer) don't. I asked her about getting mine and she said that she thinks that it is worthless. In her opinion, project management can't be taught in a classroom. It must be learned through experience and mentorship.
by Luke Duke
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sellers agent not letting me view property without preapproval or "proof of finances"
Replies: 189
Views: 10422

Re: Sellers agent not letting me view property without preapproval or "proof of finances"

Some are making a mountain out of a mole hill here. It’s a very simple compliance item, and reasonable in my opinion and experience. Most buyer brokers in our area have their clients secure a preapproval letter or proof of financial ability upfront and most already have it in hand when asked. It do...
by Luke Duke
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inherited land with taxes, but appears to be county road!
Replies: 28
Views: 3103

Re: Inherited land with taxes, but appears to be county road!

If you want to get the county's attention, put a fence on your property line. :mrgreen:
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber Genisis II grill grates
Replies: 19
Views: 1697

Re: Weber Genisis II grill grates

In my experience, the stainless grates are definitely easier to clean and last forever. The porcelain grates always end up rusting after the porcelain starts wearing/chipping in places. You really have to step up in price to get a Weber with stainless grates unfortunately. Stainless are way better....
by Luke Duke
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New construction house - what to consider?
Replies: 160
Views: 9622

Re: New construction house - what to consider?

A big pet peeve of mine with newer homes is the living rooms are often set up so the only place to put a TV is above the fireplace. Please do not do this. Go to any home theater message board and say you're putting your TV above a fireplace and they'll kick you out. TVs should be at eye and ear lev...
by Luke Duke
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New construction house - what to consider?
Replies: 160
Views: 9622

Re: New construction house - what to consider?

I think you would be crazy to not wire a new home with CAT6. Even if you only use wireless devices, having a wired home allows you to have a much better WIFI network because the backhaul (the connection from your wireless access points to your router) is wired. You may also want to consider running...
by Luke Duke
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Condos
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: Car Condos

If my income were 10x what it is, I would be tempted to get one of these. There's one about 10-15 minutes from my house.
by Luke Duke
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To what Broadband Speeds do you Subscribe and Why?
Replies: 123
Views: 5941

Re: To what Broadband Speeds do you Subscribe and Why?

The fastest that my provider offers. Why? Because life is too short for slow internet, cheap whiskey and choice steaks.
by Luke Duke
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Buying an RV make sense?
Replies: 97
Views: 6350

Re: Does Buying an RV make sense?

Like you, I've wondered if I should own an RV. I crunched the numbers and I know it is just a dream for now. I've went on to two month-long roadtrips already. I would typically fly out to a starting city, rent a car, and travel to these different cities and states. I stayed in discount or budget ho...
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for a comfortable desk chair on a budget
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Re: Suggestions for a comfortable desk chair on a budget

lazydavid wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:38 pm
sleepysurf wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 5:02 pm
This falls into my longstanding belief that one should never skimp on anything that goes between oneself and the ground. This includes chairs, mattresses, tires, shoes, ladders, etc.
Agreed.
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems after buying house
Replies: 27
Views: 2709

Re: Problems after buying house

In Texas, there is a seller's disclosure form. Is there a similar form in Virginia? If so, how was it filled out?
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for a comfortable desk chair on a budget
Replies: 35
Views: 2102

Re: Suggestions for a comfortable desk chair on a budget

runner3081 wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 7:24 pm
Check Craigslist and sorts for used Herman Miller chairs.
This. I've bought 2 this way over the past 3-4 years. You may have to increase your budget, unless you get lucky.
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I use my pressure washer compressor for a pneumatic nail gun?
Replies: 24
Views: 1803

Re: Can I use my pressure washer compressor for a pneumatic nail gun?

I'd spend the money on a HF compressor. https://harborfreight.com/1-3-hp-3-gallon-100-psi-oilless-air-compressor-97080.html Or spend more money for a smaller, better compressor. https://harborfreight.com/1-gallon-135-psi-ultra-quiet-hand-carry-jobsite-air-compressor-64592.html https://harborfreight....
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rural Internet Options
Replies: 25
Views: 1734

Re: Rural Internet Options

It looks like my options are very limited. One thing I'm currently looking into is adding Hotspot off of my cellular service with TMobile. I can get an extra 20 GB of 4G hotspot data and after that unlimited 3G data for an additional $15/month. I think this will work for the security system, but ma...
by Luke Duke
Thu May 28, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Pros and Cons of sitting on an iPhone 11 Pro
Replies: 41
Views: 3164

Re: The Pros and Cons of sitting on an iPhone 11 Pro

atikovi wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 6:38 am
Not familiar with iphones but can't you get a belt clip for them, or find a universal clip that clips to your pant's waistband?
You'll also need to carry some kind of weapon if you go this route so you can fight off all of the ladies.
by Luke Duke
Sat May 23, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying a table saw?
Replies: 53
Views: 2807

Re: What to look for when buying a table saw?

You won't be happy with a cheap table saw if you intend to make cabinets. The surface area of the table is too small to safely deal with sheets of 3/4" plywood. You can do a lot with an inexpensive table saw if you also get a track saw to go with it. You can save some money on the track saw and get...
by Luke Duke
Fri May 22, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying a table saw?
Replies: 53
Views: 2807

Re: What to look for when buying a table saw?

You won't be happy with a cheap table saw if you intend to make cabinets. The surface area of the table is too small to safely deal with sheets of 3/4" plywood. You can do a lot with an inexpensive table saw if you also get a track saw to go with it. You can save some money on the track saw and get ...
by Luke Duke
Fri May 22, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of sunglasses?
Replies: 107
Views: 6426

Re: What kind of sunglasses?

I tried on a pair of my friend's Maui Jims several years ago and I've wanted a pair ever since. However, I can't make myself spend that much on a pair of sunglasses. I got a couple of pair of Shady Rays (https://shadyrays.com/) and I've been relatively happy. They're inexpensive and they have a grea...
by Luke Duke
Wed May 20, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Laid off job 1 and have to quit job 2 - How to File for UI
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: Laid off job 1 and have to quit job 2 - How to File for UI

Why not stay on at job 2 until the checks stop showing up?
by Luke Duke
Mon May 18, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a Cable Guy in the House?
Replies: 42
Views: 3733

Re: Is there a Cable Guy in the House?

I've got a 1 story pier and beam home so I can easily run an ethernet cable where ever I need to. I prefer using a wired connection for stationary devices (security cameras, smart TVs, desktop computer, etc.).
by Luke Duke
Mon May 18, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap Chromebook vs Laptop PC quality/options for child
Replies: 40
Views: 2252

Re: Cheap Chromebook vs Laptop PC quality/options for child

I'd get a Chromebook for an elementary or middle school aged child and a laptop for a high school or college kid.

In my large urban school district all students in grades 3-5 are issued an Amazon tablet and grades 6-12 are issued chromebooks.
by Luke Duke
Thu May 14, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to simulate the retirement, living off investments ; Not touching monthly salaries
Replies: 44
Views: 3256

Re: Best way to simulate the retirement, living off investments ; Not touching monthly salaries

gr7070 wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 9:28 am
Do you really need to simulate something that simple math clearly shows is either capable or not?
This x1000
by Luke Duke
Mon May 11, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got divorced how to get most value for exes wedding ring
Replies: 42
Views: 5178

Re: Got divorced how to get most value for exes wedding ring

I never had the opportunity. We separated after an argument (I honestly thought we just needed a night apart to cool off), she drove to her parents and I literally never saw her again. I filed for divorce a few months later and dealt exclusively with her lawyer. That was nearly a decade ago. My gue...
by Luke Duke
Mon May 11, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password vault or generator?
Replies: 107
Views: 6453

Re: Password vault or generator?

I have 273 sites on my LastPass account. Works extremely well, couldn’t get by without it. Recommend it wholeheartedly! I watch my wife, who hasn’t made the conversion, struggle with misremembered passwords, lost scraps of paper with data on them, and alarming emotional outbursts of frustration. No...
by Luke Duke
Fri May 08, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?
Replies: 132
Views: 8788

Re: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?

quantAndHold wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 3:37 pm
I’m more interested in things that I’m likely to need no matter what.
You aren't likely to need food?
by Luke Duke
Wed May 06, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What lifestyle creep made you happier?
Replies: 477
Views: 61257

Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

FoolStreet wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:32 pm
Gambling is no fun if you know how to calculate Expected Value. You realize you will ALWAYS lose.
By this logic every activity that costs money, but does not generate a (financial) profit is no fun.
by Luke Duke
Tue May 05, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6464

Re: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?

I've got a 6 burner Weber Summit, a Blackstone 4 burner flattop and two offset smokers (one is on a trailer and one is in the backyard). The Weber is best for for grilling chicken, sausage links, fajitas and searing steaks. The flat top is best for burgers, breakfast (bacon, eggs, hash browns, panca...
by Luke Duke
Mon May 04, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6464

Re: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?

Go with the nicest Weber that you can afford. Don't be afraid to look on Craigslist for one. Spare parts are very easy to find.
by Luke Duke
Mon May 04, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC Experts
Replies: 13
Views: 1834

Re: HVAC Experts

Going to put a new HVAC system in our 2800 square foot townhome in Nebraska (think below zero in winter, and over 100° in summer with high humidity). Two floors. No basement. Gas heat. Can you provide any guidance on the unit we should be searching for ? Don't believe calculations. I did and ended ...
by Luke Duke
Mon May 04, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Long Should A Bed Last?
Replies: 30
Views: 2438

Re: How Long Should A Bed Last?

I slept last night on a mattress that is as good as new yet it was purchased in 1994, so a bed should last more than 25 years in my opinion. I find it highly unlikely that you bed is like new unless you sleep on the floor. You may like it just as much as you did when it was new, but it isn't the sa...
by Luke Duke
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hilton Vs Marriott
Replies: 16
Views: 1287

Re: Hilton Vs Marriott

Hi everyone, Due to the nature of what I do. I am currently a Hilton Diamond Member with 95 nights for this year already. So technically, I will be a Hilton Diamond next year as well. I am currently also a Platinum Member at the Marriott from the 16 days challenge. I was wondering which one would b...
by Luke Duke
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to do temporary USPS Mail forwarding without address getting updated to credit bureaus.
Replies: 19
Views: 1585

Re: How to do temporary USPS Mail forwarding without address getting updated to credit bureaus.

This won't really help the OP, but it may help someone else... My father and I share the same name. This wasn't an issue mail-wise when I was a minor and had no credit and didn't receive any mail. In my mid-20's I moved back home for a couple of months when I was selling a house and looking for anot...
by Luke Duke
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3159

Re: Zoom meetings

Are the meeting IDs the same from week to week? With the Paid-For version I can either use the same ID week-to-week (My Personal-Room) or set up a new one. So it can work either way. Not sure if the free version is any different. The paid version has been well worth it for 1 or 2 virtual happy hour...
by Luke Duke
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom meetings
Replies: 39
Views: 3159

Re: Zoom meetings

Are the meeting IDs the same from week to week? With the Paid-For version I can either use the same ID week-to-week (My Personal-Room) or set up a new one. So it can work either way. Not sure if the free version is any different. The paid version has been well worth it for 1 or 2 virtual happy hour...
by Luke Duke
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budget for Home Upgrades and Maintenance Reserve Fund?
Replies: 23
Views: 1288

Re: Budget for Home Upgrades and Maintenance Reserve Fund?

I believe that you are setting more than enough aside.
by Luke Duke
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay Bucks 8% or 10% back?
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: eBay Bucks 8% or 10% back?

I would buy now. eBay is doing great, people are buying like crazy. They have little incentive to give better offers. What are they buying? I've found several thing available immediately on ebay that would take weeks/months to get on Amazon. I've bought more things off of ebay in the past 2 months ...
by Luke Duke
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expecting Child #1 - Cost Saving Ideas?
Replies: 55
Views: 2157

Re: Expecting Child #1 - Cost Saving Ideas?

Hello all. We are expecting our first child, and would appreciate insight/experiences (good and bad) from people here on some things we should be thinking about for cost savings? Examples: - Reusable Diapers (worth it?) - Baby formula (where to buy) Etc, etc, etc Very much appreciate it! You will s...
by Luke Duke
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please share some lifestyle creep you regret.
Replies: 226
Views: 27472

Re: Please share some lifestyle creep you regret.

Eating out. Mainly due to the people I eat out with mostly. I've pulled back on going out to eat mostly for that reason. Basically, there is no going out for a reasonably priced dinner. Even if you go to a restaurant that isn't expensive. This is mainly due to alcohol, but also people that don't re...
by Luke Duke
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estimate on a new hvac system. Is it reasonable?
Replies: 60
Views: 4118

Re: Estimate on a new hvac system. Is it reasonable?

I have an oversize (by calcuation) air conditioner, one-stage one-speed, in one property and a correctly-sized two-stage with variable speed handler in another. The oversided is awesome - hardly runs and makes the home comfrotable. The correctly-sized is extremely disappointing. So I'm just going o...
by Luke Duke
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estimate on a new hvac system. Is it reasonable?
Replies: 60
Views: 4118

Re: Estimate on a new hvac system. Is it reasonable?

I have an oversize (by calcuation) air conditioner, one-stage one-speed, in one property and a correctly-sized two-stage with variable speed handler in another. The oversided is awesome - hardly runs and makes the home comfrotable. The correctly-sized is extremely disappointing. So I'm just going o...
by Luke Duke
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material
Replies: 40
Views: 2012

Re: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material

What are you guys considering expensive? In my area, you can build a 4' x 8' x 16" raised bed out of cedar 2" x 8" boards for <$200. I built mine 5 years ago and I expect at least another 5 years out of them.
by Luke Duke
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Security Cameras
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Home Security Cameras

You need to decide if you want something that's easy to use or something that is useful. Just about every cloud-based consumer camera isn't very good, neither are the 8 pack of cameras and DVR for $299 that you buy at Costco. It will help you recognize someone that you already know or perhaps a stra...